The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Elvis Presley’s self-titled first LP with RCA acted as the catapult that sent Elvis’ career into superstardom in 1956. RCA had purchased Elvis’ contract from Sun Records in late 1955 and immediately re-released all five Sun singles by the end of December 1955. The following January, Elvis conducted his first recording session with RCA during which he cut the single “Heartbreak Hotel,” which would become one of his biggest hits. As the song increased in popularity and rose in the charts, Elvis made his national television debut on The Dorsey Brothers show. RCA was poised to capitalize on its up-and-coming young star, so they took the five songs acquired from Sun Records and combined them with seven RCA recordings to create Elvis’ first LP, which was released on March 23, 1956 and simply entitled Elvis Presley. The album cover, with its pink and green lettering framing an image of Elvis taken during his performance on July 31, 1955 at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, has become one of the most iconic covers and has been mimicked by other musicians over the years. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 56 in the top 500 albums of all time. The album enjoyed ten weeks at number one on the Billboard charts during the year of its release, making it the first rock and roll genre album to hit the top of the charts and achieve million-selling status. The record sold more than 300,000 copies in its initial run to become RCA’s biggest selling pop album at the time. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November 1966 and Platinum in August 2011. 

The offered original white linen matte RIAA gold record award was issued to Elvis shortly after achieving Gold status in 1966. Between 1958 and 1974, gold discs were awarded for album sales in excess of one million dollars. The framed award displays a plaque mounted beneath the gold record that reads, “Presented to ELVIS PRESLEY to commemorate the sale of more than one million dollars worth of the RCA RECORDS long-playing record album ‘ELVIS PRESLEY.’” This framed display features a gold-toned record above the gold-colored plaque with small image of the album cover, all mounted on a white linen background. The album’s success not only proved Elvis capable of singing a wide range of musical genres but solidified his standing with America’s youth as a breakout star with unparalleled talents. The framed award measures 21 1/2 by 17 1/2 inches (54.61 x 44.45 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The award shows only minor distresses to the frame. Near Mint condition.
RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis Presleys 1956 LP “Elvis Presley” - Awarded in 1966 - Early White Linen Matte Style
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $12,500.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 40
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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